Video: Jake Voracek Pulls Steve Oleksys Sweater over His Head, Punches Away in Old-Timey Hockey Fight
Apr 1, 2013, 2:02 AM EDT
Until Sunday night Jakub Voracek’s NHL fighting experience was limited to a preseason scrum when he was just a pup with the Columbus Blue Jackets. With that piece of knowledge, you would think he might’ve got more than he bargained for when he tangled with Washington’s Steve Oleksy.
Well, yes and no.
Apr 1, 2013, 12:16 AM EDT
Jakub Voracek retaliated, and it nearly cost the Flyers, but Claude Giroux refused to let it. The captain led his team on a two-goal comeback in the third period to deliver a 5-4 victory — potentially a defining moment of sorts for G and the Bullies.
Mar 30, 2013, 3:59 PM EDT
Every hockey fan knows who Zdeno Chara is. At 6’9”, you can’t miss the Boston Bruins’ defenseman. Neither did Brayden Schenn on Saturday, chopping down the six-time All Star during a 3-1 Flyers’ victory.
Mar 30, 2013, 1:00 PM EDT
It was just three weeks ago when we were enjoying T-shirt weather for the first time in 2013, but a key Flyers tilt with the Boston Bruins may have lured a few of us indoors. Well, the sun is finally shining again on this holiday weekend, and coincidentally it’s Flyers-Bruins once again, although this one feels a lot less meaningful.
Mar 29, 2013, 1:02 PM EDT
After Thursday night’s loss to the Islanders, all anybody really wanted to talk about was Claude Giroux’s sick shootout goal, but it was a different play involving G that grabbed our attention.
Mar 29, 2013, 1:13 AM EDT
a) Suffered an injury.
b) Blew a two-goal lead.
c) Experienced multiple defensive breakdowns.
d) Lost in a shootout.
e) All of the above.
Mar 28, 2013, 5:39 PM EDT
Hey, remember when we would all make fun of the New York Islanders? I mean, technically we still can. After all, the Flyers are 29-3-1 against their Atlantic Division “rivals” dating back to the ’07-08 season.
That being said, the Isles aren’t the ones bringing up the rear this season. In fact, they’re only two points back of a playoff spot.
Mar 28, 2013, 2:48 PM EDT
Danny Briere has been the subject of trade rumors for the past month, which I suppose in a way is actually a good thing for the two-time All Star. Theyve taken some of the focus off the fact that hes having his worst season in the NHL since he was 21 years old.
Mar 28, 2013, 11:08 AM EDT
Credit to Penguins GM Ray Shero for somehow managing how to make Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Marc-Andre Fleury, James Neal, Brooks Orpik, Chris Kunitz, and the recent additions of Brenden Morrow and Douglas Murray all fit under the salary cap … oh, plus Iginla.
Mar 28, 2013, 12:18 AM EDT
This of course is a theoretical question, like Why am I here? or How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop? I think just about everybody has resigned themselves to the idea that the Flyers will not be making the playoffs this year, but since its not mathematically impossible, what is the math on that anyway?
Mar 27, 2013, 3:22 AM EDT
After a 5-2 loss to the New York Rangers on Tuesday — one that likely crushes the Flyers’ playoff chances this season — Wayne Simmonds, Kimmo Timonen, and Claude Giroux questioned the club’s effort this season. But c’mon, is that the real problem?
All That Stands Between the Flyers and the Eighth Seed Is the New York Rangers (and Four Other Teams)
Mar 26, 2013, 5:49 PM EDT
Sure, the New York Rangers may have beaten the Flyers 10 out of the last 11 times they met. All that matters right now though is that the Flyers must win tonight.
That record isn’t much of a confidence boost obviously, but hey, it’s not like either club’s play has been very inspiring this season, either. New York – thought to be one of the top contenders for the Stanley Cup coming into the year – is clinging to the eighth and final playoff berth in the East, a mere five points ahead of the Flyers, and really it’s up for grabs for any franchise not named the Florida Panthers.
Mar 26, 2013, 3:03 PM EDT
Are the Flyers buyers or sellers at the trade deadline on April 3? Should they make any major moves at all?
Mar 25, 2013, 3:26 PM EDT
While it’s not uncommon for pro athletes to go into broadcasting once their careers are over, and occasionally even dabble in it once their season is finished, Luke Schenn couldn’t wait that long. The Flyers’ defenseman joined NBC’s Pierre McGuire between the benches during Sunday night’s tilt with the Penguins for a little impromptu internship.
Luke, I know it looks bad, but your team isn’t out of the playoffs quite yet.
Mar 25, 2013, 1:42 AM EDT
In an encounter not very reminiscent of many of the recent battles in their rivalry, the Penguins defeated the Flyers in overtime on Sunday night, a measured 2-1 contest that truly could have fallen either way. Unfortunately, it didn’t fall quite the way it needed to.
Mar 24, 2013, 5:04 PM EDT
The NCAA Tournament has been a welcome distraction from the misery that is the pro sports landscape in Philadelphia, and in particular the Flyers who have been idle the entire time. Tonight Orange & Black attempts to reel us back in as the club renews its intense rivalry with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Mar 20, 2013, 6:44 PM EDT
Want a quick summation of everything wrong with the Flyers? Boom.
Mar 19, 2013, 4:53 PM EDT
What’s more depressing than the Flyers’ glaring deficiencies along the blue line? The fact that only one club in the NHL has more money invested in the position – and that doesn’t even include Chris Pronger’s salary.
Mar 19, 2013, 2:55 PM EDT
With the Flyers tumbling further and further down the standings, it looks like the home teams are going to let the people down in a way they haven’t in nearly two decades.
Mar 19, 2013, 1:07 PM EDT
As of Tuesday, only the Pittsburgh Penguins had as many games played as the Flyers in 2013, a category the Orange & Black have been leading the NHL in since the regular season began back in January. But by the time Philly’s run of five days off is over on Sunday, the rest of the Eastern Conference will have caught up to them, and their view in the standings will only be bleaker still.
Mar 18, 2013, 11:30 PM EDT
Prior to the Flyers’ 4-2 loss in Tampa Bay, Kimmo Timonen reflected on the significance of turning 38 on Monday, and the career milestone he would achieve that night. Ever the professional, what mattered most to Timonen wasn’t blowing out a few candles, or even getting his name into the record books by appearing in his 1,000th NHL game.
The important thing was coming away with two points.
Mar 18, 2013, 4:20 PM EDT
What a difference six weeks can make. When the Flyers last encountered the Tampa Bay Lightning on February 5, they were one of the most dangerous teams in the NHL, averaging nearly five goals per game en route to a 6-2 start. But while the Bolts are still second in the league in scoring, those numbers have sagged quite a bit – as has their record along with it.
Mar 16, 2013, 11:41 AM EDT
General manager Paul Holmgren said the team needed to compete better. The Flyers’ players responded on Friday night, grinding it out against the New Jersey Devils for 65 minutes before picking up the unusual 2-1 shootout victory. Imagine that.
Mar 15, 2013, 3:33 PM EDT
Fun fact: in the NHL, two points are awarded for a win, one point is awarded for a tie at the end of regulation, and the teams with the highest number of points at the end of the regular season are entered into a tournament. Philadelphia doesn’t have an automatic berth in the playoffs or anything like that.
Mar 14, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT
Based on several of the Flyers’ recent performances, and with their season hanging in the balance, there has been some hinting that head coach Peter Laviolette’s job could be on the line. Not so it would seem – at least that’s what Paul Holmgren is telling reporters.
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